Lynn Kurland definitely has a knack for writing romantic fantasy that still appeals to the average epic fantasy fan. Sure, no man is probably going to pick up and enjoy (or at least admit to enjoying) her Nine Kingdoms series, but women fantasy fans who shun romance will find Spellweaver a delightful addition to their library.
Spellweaver picks up right where A Tapestry of Spells left off. However, Sarah starts to hold Ruith at bay now that she knows who he truly is. Ruith does not help his case much by pretending to hate her so his enemies do not attack her — but he does not bother to explain this to Sarah. After a rocky start, they find themselves at the school of wizardry as Ruith attempts to bargain for a set of spells from an old friend. It is here that some questions start to arise about Sarah’s true origin —something she does not even know herself. As the pair continues on their quest to find Ruith’s evil father’s spells, they must work together if either of them is to survive.
While Spellweaver starts off a little slower than A Tapestry of Spells, it still displays Kurland’s finesse at world-building and telling a story. The two main characters become even more endearing as the backstories for both of them are fleshed out (there is even mention of Ruith’s long-lost sister whose tale is told in the first trilogy arc). The new characters that are introduced are just as delightful and quirky or cunning and evil as those from the first. And while the direction of their journey has changed, the two are still on a quest, a staple of epic fantasy.
Spellweaver is an excellent addition to Lynn Kurland’s Nine Kingdoms universe, and it ends with the perfect cliffhanger so the reader is left dying to know what happens to Ruith and Sarah.
- Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: Berkley Trade (January 4, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0425238636
- ASIN: B0053U7EZG